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  1. I saved them, printed all the pages. Do you think I'd get yelled at if I uploaded copies somewhere?
  2. My mom's house had 10' high ceilings, I was used to it, so they didn't seem high to me at all. Actually, half of the houses in the neighborhood had ceilings that high because they were built between 1890 and 1910. Here's a picture of an "efficiency" kitchen from the period. The ceiling looks to be about 12' high. You can see how one of the windows is quite tall and fairly high up. You could try balancing the room by making the windows appear taller. The second picture is from 1911 and looks like it has 11 or 12' high ceilings. Although the walls seem to be tiled all the way, there's still a band of another color dividing the space. You could paint the wall in one color to the height of your cabinets or somewhat above, then paint the upper part in a lighter shade of the same color, for example.
  3. I sold or gave away several of my dollhouses, mainly because I didn't have the room to keep them, and if we ever did move to a smaller house somewhere south of Maine, I'd certainly have to sell most of them. Selling the first one was very hard, it took me a couple of months to finally talk myself into it, but it was big and I really needed that table for work space. The second wasn't much easier, but I managed. I kept pretty much all the furnishings for other projects.
  4. Basswood is the most often used.
  5. Seeing this lonely little post for several days I got curious. Wanna in El Paso wrote a post back in '07 about bashing quarter scale brown plastic furniture.
  6. I wonder if it would help if you placed a mirror under the fabric with a light above, maybe the light would reflect back up through the holes in the fabric?
  7. Yesterday I wound up with burnt on fish on a cast iron pan. There's got to be an easier way to clean this gunk than scrubbing and scrubbing I moaned - so I looked online. One chef said to give it a good scrubbing with salt or baking soda, said you have to scrub hard but it'll do the job. Another cook said he always uses dishwashing liquid and a good round brush and gives the pan a good scrubbing. -- Hey, I'm looking to avoid having to give the pan a strong prolongued scrubbing. TA-DA .... and the heavens parted - and the sun shone again, 'cause I found Kent Rollins' way of cleaning a burnt on iron skillet. Let the skillet get hot on the stove, meanwhile turn the tap on your kitchen sink to hot and let the water run till it's really hot. Then, using a good thick potholder, or preferably one of those potholder gloves, grab your pan by the handle and put it under the hot running water. Steam will rise, and and the pan will get clean, just finish it off with your sponge. I used the scrubby green side followed by the spongy yellow side. NOTE: don't let yourself get scalded by the steam. The pan got really clean with no effort at all. Of course, it'll need to be reseasoned, but that's ok, it would need it with the scrub-scrub methods anyway. Kent Rollins, the cowboy cook, has good recipes on you tube too.
  8. How very helpful! I just watched a couple you tube videos about the stuff and will add it to my grocery list.
  9. Excellent! I especially like the sink cabinet.
  10. Last year , in early fall, a chipmunk started visiting our BBQ grill on the small upper deck by the back door. It would often perch on the corner of the deck by the grill. When I checked the grill there were a few bits of seeds inside the lower cabinet next to the propane tank. This spring the chipmunk was back in his spot on the deck by the grill. We'd left the old grill out all winter since it needed to be replaced anyway. After DH and our son carried away the grill, just leaving the propane tank on the deck, the chipmunk came back. It stood in its corner, then scuttled the 4 feet to the other corner, then scuttled back to its regular corner, then over to the propane tank in the other corner - wha? wha? where's my grill? where did it go? It came back once, after the new grill was on the deck, but it had a different design, and the chipmunk hasn't returned. Now, in the front of the house, I'd drenched the wooden steps with peppermint spray. Yesterday I was on the front porch potting more peppermint plants, and a chipmunk made a mad dash onto the other side of the porch, away from the front steps. I made a noise, so it hid behind my bin of potting mix till I chased it away. I was on the porch this morning, prepping a few more plants, and the chipmunk made another mad dash onto the porch. It's hiding place under the steps is "stinky" and it's trying to find another spot on the porch. Well, there isn't any you little rodent! Like the little pests don't have enough places to scurry into around here. I've noticed the chipmunk hole next to my crabapple tree is sinking deeper and deeper into the ground. Maybe I'll stick a peppermint plant in there, it's deep enough to accomodate the plastic pot now. I just remembered, I used to spray my hostas with ammonia mixed with water to deter slugs. I just looked and saw they say chipmunks don't like the smell of ammonia either. Hostas on the other hand, love ammonia.
  11. I have a cabinet of shallow drawers and all my little paint bottles are laying down in them. I keep whites, yellows, pinks and black & gray in one drawer, reds and browns in another, and blues and greens in the third. If I'm trying to find just the right shade of green, for instance, I swivel round in my chair and I can pull that drawer out to take a closer look and compare.
  12. I once sprayed some Krylon matte finish on a piece of window acetate by accident and got a frosted effect. I liked it and used it for this window.
  13. Jackie, the best stuff I've used against deer is Bonide's Hot Pepper Wax Animal repellent. It was first sold to repell aphids, etc., but when I tried it on stuff the deer were eating I found it worked, as apparently a lot of other people did too. Bonide renamed the stuff as animal repellent. Because it's a wax, it won't wash off in the rain, but you have to reapply it every week or so for fast growing plants. I had sprayed my phlox, but then forgot to reapply one week, and the darn deer came and nibbled off all the new growth on top. I had none of the flowers till late August. Bonide came out with a chipmunk repellent this year, but they can't sell it or ship it to Maine. DRAT!
  14. I've finally rounded up all my ammunition to fight off the deer and chipmunks. Yesterday I went out to the shed and found that a deer has been nibbling the leaves of the small rhododendron! Years ago my mom gave me one of her big showy hostas. Last year this time half of it was missing. A deer had consumed it in the night before I had a chance to spray the plants with pepper wax. This spring I've been spraying the hostas every few days since they're growing fast. I bought peppermint spray for my front door steps, because the chipmunks keep running in there. DH always talked about replacing the wooden steps with bricks, but never did it. This evening I went out and sprinkled a mixture of spicy Saigon cinnamon and cayenne pepper in the garden, and this afternoon I bought more peppermint plants. I stopped at the dollar store and got bigger plastic pots to plant them in. I'm going to insert them pot and all into the ground to try and keep them from spreading out and taking over. I also found metal pot hanging stakes. I got out some nylon fishing reel and jingle bells, and I'm going to try to string up a mess of reel and bells around mama's hosta in case the deer decides it likes spicy food afterall.
  15. Yesterday and today's high was only 60, and rain is on it's way. My knee started loud popping again, and I want dessert. All I have are cookies - not good enough. All the stores are closed. There's an apple pie in the freezer, but if I bake it, I know I'll eat half of it tonight and I shouldn't. ............ I'm considering preheating the oven.
  16. I have seen that clock in several drawings and photos of kitchens. This drawing is from 1800, and there's that clock.
  17. Last year I made a kitchen roombox using some of my Reutter miniatures and was going to take pictures at a more convenient time, then I forgot to take pictures.
  18. I've made myself a completely new and improved blog. My old one's about 12 years old and needs updating and revamping, so I said to myself, just copy everything out and start over. I decided to name the new one My One Inch World. I'm going to discontinue my other blog pages, but I'll keep my Victorian and Colonial blogs up. If anyone's bookmarked a post, you'll need to change it. I guess I'll be a nice person and go and adjust my old pages to link to the new ones - sigh. Well, it's not like I have anything better to do right now. I can only plant 3 flowers at a time in the garden so I don't wreck my hip and back. Cleaning house and laundry is no fun. Cooking's no better. Yeah, I might as well go clean out the old blog pages and link to the new blog pages.,
  19. I got one of the last haircuts in town before the great shutdown. It just happened that I decided to experiment a little and told my sylist to cut my top layers shorter to see if they'd fluff up, and so I got a somewhat shorter cut than usual. I lived for years in a town where I couldn't get a decent haircut, so in desperation I had to learn how to cut my own hair. I got sick of doing it, though. My stylist thinks I do a great cutting job. The hair on my crown is dry and straight, while the stuff underneath above my neck grows thick and wavy. Last night I cut that underneath hair and thinned it out, so now the rest of my hair doesn't bunch up and stick out all over. I've got to trim the sides and around my face next. I usually cut my hair over several days, as it likes to suddenly stick out somewhere it shouldn't be. Using the curling rod should help your look. When my hair decides to just go limp and goofy looking, I turn to the curling iron.
  20. Humidity does nice things to my hair, gives me a lovely wave.
  21. A few days ago it suddenly warmed up here in coastal Maine, going from highs in the 50's and low 60's up into the 70's and even 80's in towns further inland. My knee quit aching and making clicking and popping noises too. Interestingly, the old swivel chair in my workroom suddenly quit screetching. For months, every time I swivelled around to use my scroll saw the chair would make a loud screetch, even after I sprayed the works with WD40 several times. Now when I swing around it just moves smoothly and quietly. Isn't that nice? I guess Chairy likes the change in the weather too.
  22. Having owned an online miniatures store, and having wittled down my inventory to pretty much only the things I know I may still use for myself, I still have lots of stuff. Not so much furniture anymore, since I've found I prefer to make more of that myself, but I do have a lot of accessory items. I must be the queen of organizing and reorganizing my miniatures. Having a picture inventory is helpful, I've done that, especially when I still had a lot of furniture onhand. I took a photo of each item or furniture set and sorted them into groups by room. For the little bits, the accessories, I found it helpful to store them in groups, kitchen items together, bath and bedroom together, etc., like in a department store I guess. I have several of those plastic lidded bead sorting boxes, the kind with movable dividers, also the plastic lidded boxes they sell for storing scrapbooking paper. I would always buy some whenever I found them on sale. For other things I use small cardboard bins which I label and leave open so I can see the contents easily. Keeping furniture in the original boxes is best. When I made my photo inventory I printed thumbnail photos of the boxed items, then taped them to the end of the boxes so I could see the contents of each little box on the shelves. Hope this is all helpful.
  23. grazhina


    I found a photo online and adapted it to fit the scale of the doll I made. It reminds me of hearths found in my family homeland of Lithuania, but I've found white masonry hearths from Sweden on down through Europe to Austria, Hungary and Romania. The rounded shape of this one especially appealed to me.
  24. Thank you , Holly, I did paint the plate.
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